Foster Grandparents Program Helps Oklahoma City Elderly Stay Healthy!

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Foster Grandparent ProgramKnowing that four days a week, for six hours a day, they will be helping first-grade students from Arthur Elementary School, helps many Oklahoma City elderly stay healthy.

The Foster Grandparents Program allows those aged 60 and older and in decent health to work with children with spelling, reading, or any assignment the young child may have. The grandparent must also commit to at least 15 hours a week.

Many find themselves volunteering for the program because they are just plain bored at home, doing the same thing day to day. Working with the children gives them a sense of accomplishment, and makes them feel loved. This is stronger than any medicine that can be prescribed, said one elderly volunteer.

The memories both students and volunteers are taking with them are cherished ones. Eighty-two year old Betty Talkington says, "When I am old, and I'm sitting in my rocking chair, and I have a blanket over my legs, I'm going to think of all the little things they do for me." She went on to say she keeps all the letters and drawings made for her in a box to help her remember these happy times.

Even though many of these "grandparents" have several children and grandchildren of their own, they feel they still have plenty of love to share with other little ones.

For more information on this great program, contact the Oklahoma City Department of Human Services.

If you want to be part of one of the great caring communities of Oklahoma City, Moore, Edmond, or Norman, please contact me online, call me at 405-366-1111 or check out my website.

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Jim Courtney
OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma - Claremore, OK

Hi Jason! I just had to post because I am probably one of the few here that knows that the Foster Grandparent program entails. I used to be a Special Education Director in Winfield, KS and was the director for the FG program for Cowley County, KS. This was waaaay back in 1995 when the program was just starting. Our program was one of the pilot programs for Kansas.

The FG program rocks! It means so much to those Granparents who get to dedicate their time to changing the lives of children. Our program actually assigned a FG to a specific class and he/she followed the students through the program from 1st-5th grades. I can personally tell you stories of how the Foster Grandparent changed the lives, literally saved the lives, of many of our students.

If you are able to help the program find Granparents to change children's rock too!

Feb 11, 2011 02:59 PM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Jason, what a wonderful program! I can think of so many reasons this benefits all involved. I love it!

Feb 11, 2011 11:26 PM #2
Jason Nedrow
Re/Max Elite - Moore, OK

Yes, this is a win-win program for both sides!

Feb 13, 2011 10:05 AM #3
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